Jack Laugher and Chris Mears made history this week when they became Britain’s first Olympic diving gold medalists.
A surprise victory in the men’s synchronised three-metres springboard final even managed to overshadow the hard-fought bronze medal won by the high-profile Tom Daley and Dan Goodfellow days earlier.
Daley and Goodfellow dived into clear water, but Laugher and Mears weren’t afforded that luxury.
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As you’ll be fully aware by now - unless you’ve been living under a rock over the past couple of days - one of the pools inside the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre turned green.
Rio spokesman Mario Andrada put the colour change down to “a proliferation of algae” - but the two British divers have a slightly more outlandish theory.
Did ink cause the pool to go green?
“We’ve got some big plastic boards that go into the water just for decoration and effect,” Laugher said during an interview on 5 Live, according to the Independent, following their triumph. “But you can see on the waterline that they’re blue when below the waterline, and above the waterline it’s green.
“And we think maybe a load of ink has run into the pool potentially. It’s safe and the doctors have given it the all clear or whatever. And it’s different as well, you know, it’s another one of those added different conditions.”
However, the divers were keen to stress that the green pool shouldn’t be taken as a sign that Rio is unfit to host the Olympics.
“Some people might see that and be like ‘Oh my god’ and it’s another thing that adds to them spiralling down or whatever, but again to us in training we train for two days with it like that,” Mears added. “It did progressively get worse and it was at its worst when we were competing.
“But it kind of helped you see the water a little bit.”
However, Mears admitted he “wouldn’t want to have swallowed” any of the discoloured water.
We can’t say we blame him.
What’s the real reason behind the water turning green? Have your say by leaving a comment below.
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